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Organizing 101: Sort and Contain

Getting serious about getting organized? Then youíll need to know the basics of organization to give you the tools to do the job right. There are two basic components to organizing: sorting and containing.

  • Sort
    Go through your belongings and sort it into four piles: keep, repair, trash and donate. Anything you havenít used for a year or you forgot you had needs to go in the trash or donate piles.

    Go through each room individually so you donít get overwhelmed. Start in the entryway and work your way back. Get rid of all the knickknacks and keep pieces that you truly love. Scour the kitchen for old, broken gadgets or duplicates and get rid of them. If you have no idea what something is for or you donít remember buying it, it should go. In the bathroom, toss any expired medications and anything else you havenít looked at in over six months.

  • Contain
    Everything you keep needs a place to go. You have all kinds of storage options, so you should have no trouble finding something that will work in every room. Try a series of hooks in the entryway for coats and scarves and a tall container for umbrellas. In the kitchen, look for drawer divider systems and cabinet organizers that let you use more vertical space. For closets, invest in shoe organizers to corral a big source of closet clutter. Plastic bins in the bathroom help contain first-aid supplies and medicines.
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